House Bill No. 9

Introduced By bergsagel

By Request of the Montana Arts Council and the Office of Budget and Program Planning

A Bill for an Act entitled: An Act establishing priorities for cultural and aesthetic project grant awards; and appropriating money for cultural and aesthetic grants.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Appropriation of cultural and aesthetic grant funds -- priority of disbursement. (1) The Montana arts council shall award grants for projects authorized by and limited to the amounts appropriated by this section. Money must be disbursed in priority order, first to projects covered under subsection (2), second to the project listed in subsection (4), and third to the projects listed in subsection (3). The Montana arts council shall disburse money to projects authorized by this section through grant contracts between the Montana arts council and the grant recipient. The award contract must bind the parties to contingencies, if any, listed with the appropriation in subsection (4).

(2) There is appropriated to the Montana historical society $15,000 for the biennium ending July 1, 1999, for care and conservation of capitol complex artwork. This appropriation is recommended to be repeated for two successive bienniums and to be reviewed in fiscal year 2001 to determine if it should continue.

(3) There is appropriated to the Montana historical society $95,000 for the biennium ending July 1, 1999, for capitol stained glass restoration. It is the legislature's intent that this $95,000 appropriation be used only to renovate and restore artifacts received by the state of Montana that were previously removed from the capitol building.

(4) The following projects are approved and amounts appropriated to the Montana arts council for the biennium ending June 30, 1999, from the cultural and aesthetic projects account:

(a) Special Projects - $4,500 or Less:

Yellowstone Ballet Company - Romeo and Juliet and Western Women Ballet Production $4,436

MT Preservation Alliance - Statewide Technical Assistance Program 4,329

Granite County Museum and Cultural Center - Staff Salaries and Historic Preservation 4,000

SunCreek Films - SunCreek Film Festival Series 2,500

Northern Showcase - Northern Showcase Performing Arts Series 4,000

MT Five Rivers Film Festival - Montana Five Rivers Film Festival 2,000

Northern Heights Tenants Assoc. - Artist Residency 4,000

MT Storytelling Conference - Storytelling Conference 4,000

Council for the Arts, Inc., Lincoln - Performing Arts Series Artist Fee Support 2,500

The Country Grain Elevator Historical Society - Newsletter

to Promote Conservation of Grain Elevators 2,000

MT Chamber Music Festival - Montana Chamber Music Festival Outreach 0

MT State Theater Association - Operating Support 0

(b) Special Projects:

MT Committee for Humanities - Speakers' Bureau Program Support $40,800

Liberty Village Arts Center and Gallery - Phillip Aaberg Artist in Residency 15,000

MT Historical Society Press - MT Mainstreets-Guidebooks to Historic MT Communities 25,000

Carbon County Historical Society - Peaks to Plains Initiative 20,000

The Montana Repertory Theatre - Arts Education Coordinator/Program Development 28,861

Western Heritage Center - Explore the Yellowstone Exhibit and Education Activities 28,000

Yellowstone Art Center - Opening the Museum: The Montana Collection 28,000

Virginia City Preservation Alliance - Curriculum Guide Development and School Services 5,400

MT Performing Arts Consortium - Expansion of Rural Regrant Program 40,000

MT Arts Foundation - Operational Support and Rural Community Regrant 40,000

Alberta Bair Theater - Operating Support 14,000

Missoula Children's Theatre - Rural Montana Tour Project 30,000

Native Voices - Artistic/Technical Media Training for Native Americans 25,000

H. Earl Clack Museum - Museum Learning Center and Expansion of Exhibit 14,000

Little Rockies Arts Association - Executive Director Salary Support 7,000

Butte Symphony Orchestra - SW MT Youth Orch./Butte Sym. Orch./Mgr. to Half Time 6,000

Hockaday Center for the Arts - Hockaday Center for the Arts Education Program 20,000

Great Falls Symphony - Ensemble Outreach 12,000

Livingston Depot Foundation - Museum Promotion Thru Tours and Educational Outreach 14,000

Young Audiences of Western Montana - Tour Support 11,000

Billings Preservation Society, Inc. - Education Director Position Support 6,000

Glacier Orchestra and Chorale - Glacier Orchestra and Chorale Artistic Support Project 18,000

Missoula Community Access TV - The Montana Media Arts in Education Project 15,000

Missoula Symphony Association - Missoula Symphony Orchestra Educational Outreach 5,050

MT Hist. Soc./Library and Archives - Process and Preserve Historical State Medical Records 17,000

Contingency: The privacy of persons in records must be maintained.

Southwest MT Arts Council - Salary Support and Marketing Support 7,000

UM/Broadcast Media Center - U of M Broadcast Media Center Cultural Productions 23,000

Bozeman Symphony Orchestra - BSO Outreach Recording Project 4,000

Center for Native American Studies - Native American Awareness Week 1998 4,000

MT Indian Contemporary Arts - NPN Artist Residencies and Annual Symposium 8,000

Very Special Arts Montana - Governor's Art Show - Touring Exhibit 12,000

Grandstreet Theatre - Theatre School Director Salary Support 7,000

MSU-Billings Inter-Tribal Indian Club - 1998 and 1999 MSU Annual Inter-Tribal PowWows 7,000

Helena Symphony Society - Cascade String Quartet Residency 6,950

The Helena Art Center - Rural Outreach 3,000

MT Ass'n. of Symphony Orchestras - MASO:

Building Momentum - Rural Outreach and Service 21,000

Holter Museum of Art - Old Paint New: The Image of the Horse in Contemporary Art 10,000

VIAs, Inc. - Discovering Lewis and Clark: World Wide Web Site 10,000

MSU-Billings - Montana Moments: A Radio Series 5,600

MT Chorale - Operating Support 7,000

Missoula Writing Collaborative - Writers-in-the-Schools 0

MT Alliance for Arts Education - Arts Education Awareness and Advocacy Project 11,000

MSU Libraries - Farm, Ranch and MT Pioneer Women Collections Conservation 0

The Montana Transport Company - 1998-1999 Rural Montana Tours 10,000

Wolf Point Productions - Against the Grain: Dramatic Feature Film 10,000

Bozeman Hist. Pres. Advisory Comm. - The Bozeman Area Historic Walking Tours/Talking House 5,000

Deaconess-Billings Clinic - The Healing Environment 0

Picture Tomorrow - Working the Woods, A Photographic Survey 0

Maggie Wagner - Big Timber Bygones: A Community Memory Album 0

Going-to-the-Sun Institute - Plains Indian Educational Game Development 0

Haynes Fine Art Gallery - MSU Traveling Faculty Exhibition 0

(c) Operational Support:

The Writer's Voice - YMCA - Operational Support $18,000

MT Shakespeare in the Parks - Operational Support 26,000

MT Art Gallery Directors Association - Operational Support 31,000

Billings Symphony Society - Operational Support 18,000

Vigilante Players, Inc. - Operational Support 25,000

Archie Bray Fndn. for Ceramic Arts - Operational Support 22,000

Helena Presents - Operational Support 30,000

Hellgate Writers, Inc. - Operational Support 13,000

Custer County Art Center - Operational Support 18,000

International Wildlife Film Festival - Operational Support 8,000

MT Dance Arts Association - Operational Support 6,000

Copper Village Museum and Arts Center - Operational Support 15,000

Growth Thru Art, Inc. - Operational Support 7,500

(d) Capital Expenditure:

Museum of the Rockies - Rockies Rise Again-Permanent Exhibition Construction $20,000

Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, Inc. - Ft. Peck Theatre Electrical Improvements and Toilet Rooms 43,000

Whitefish Theatre Co. - Whitefish Cultural Arts Center 28,000

Fort Connah Restoration Society - Fund Raising for Acreage to Secure Legal Access 14,000

Contingency: Clarification is requested as to how much land is being purchased and what entity holds ownership.

Arlee Historical Society, Inc. - Septic, Drainfield, and Roof Installation 4,358

Rialto Community Theatre, Inc. - Rialto Community Theatre Stage Area Electrical Upgrade 5,400

Gallatin County Historical Society - Attached Building Conversion to Museum Use 4,000

MT Agricultural Center and Museum - Roof Replacement MT Agricultural Center and Museum 10,000

Contingency: A 3-to-1 match must be expended or encumbered during the grant period.

Sanders Community Hall, Inc. - Water System for Sanders Community Hall, Inc. 5,700

Upper Blackfoot Valley Hist. Society - Restoration of Two Historic Miner Cabins at Museum 8,000

Old Towne Development Corp. - St. Ignatius Outdoor Performing Arts Center 5,700

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art - Capital Expenditure Historic Window Replacement 32,000

C.M. Russell Museum - Restoration of C.M. Russell Residence 18,000

(e) Challenge Grant:

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art - Endowment Challenge for Paris Gibson Square $15,000

Billings Pres. Soc. Endowment Trust - Building a Permanent Endowment for the BPS, Inc. 0

Glacier Orchestra and Chorale - Glacier Orchestra

and Chorale Permanent Endowment Challenge Grant 0

Great Falls Symphony - Endowment Challenge 0

(5) An amount not to exceed $11,000 is appropriated from money that may revert from appropriations made in subsection (4) to the Montana arts council for project evaluations. The evaluations must be done after July 1, 1998, and results must be included in a report on the projects funded by subsections (1) through (4) to be submitted to the 56th legislature.

Section 2.  Reversion of granted money. On July 1, 1999, the unencumbered balance of the 1999 biennium grants reverts to the cultural and aesthetic project account provided for in 15-35-108.

Section 3.  Reduction of grants. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), if money in the cultural and aesthetic project account is insufficient to fund projects at the appropriation levels contained in [section 1], the Montana arts council shall allocate the available money on a pro rata basis to the authorized projects.

(2) If money in the cultural and aesthetic project account is insufficient to fund projects at the appropriation levels contained in [section 1], before reducing any of the other projects on a pro rata basis as required in subsection (1), the Montana arts council shall reduce the grant to the museum of the Rockies by $20,000.